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It's hard to feel that the pain 'is in your head' and everyone who probably couldn't tolerate 1/18th of what we handle during a day are there to give you good advice...it's frustrating...I completely understand. For instance, my sister is a Nursery RN with back problems, in fact spasms that landed her in the ER and admitted for 3 days...no disc bulges...did PT for a while and is able to manage...was off work for over a year and did not have one surgery...you would expect this would be the first empathetic individual in your life knowing what your going through...um yeah...I was told to suck it up!

Just wanted to let you know after countless injections, radio frequency ablation, and therapy sombody decided "hey let's give her an MRI"...well there I was with 2 large herniations...

The first hemilamenectomy must have removed something from my nerve because I felt awesome after surgery...amazing...like I had the best epidural in the world...total hip/butt pain gone...well about three weeks later it started creeping up on me and it was worse...I knew something was wrong but felt like a hypochondriac telling my surgeon that...another MRI and low and behold the disc that wasn't considered surgical at the time of the first surgery had herniated...result after surgery...absolutely nothing...lived like that for almost 2 months and went back and said something is wrong again...felt completely assanine...well...both levels reherniated worse than prior to the surgeries...it was a great feeling to be vindicated and know that I wasn't crazy...there was an etiological cause for my pain! Basically without the fusion my spine would have collapsed on it's self...

I will not lie to you...I thought the fusion would be the end all...you hear from those who've had cervical fusions that they felt great thereafter...no more nerve pain etc...well on most days I'm in more pain than I was prior to surgery...the reasons I've been told...I'm still healing...I have alot of scar tissue from the prior two surgeries...or it could be the bone stimulator and when it shuts off at 6 months (2nd week in August most likely) maybe I'll start to feel better...or we can remove the stimulator and maybe that will make a difference...sometimes you just feel helpless...

I have a very cautious yet optimistic neurosurgeon with an OR Nurse that is worth her weight in gold...I knew the risks going in...I just didn't think at 5 months out I would be feeling the way I do.

I spent 7 days in the hospital post fusion...you lose alot of your core strength dependent on the surgery because during the surgery they cut through the multifidi and rector spinae (thanks PT husband) which help to promote your normal posture of the spine and intersegmental stability...boils down to you feel like a June Bug if your on your back...you can't roll over...you can't do a sit up...you just flail your arms until someone rolls you over...

If the fusion is what your going to pursue your going to need some help for a few weeks minimum...I'm 5 months out and still have a 10lb lifting restriction...I don't mean to pry but is there a significant other in your life? Without David I wouldn't have been able to do it...we have two Vizsla's - a larger dog and even getting them out was difficult for me for a bit...

If there is not a significant other is there family that can help you? Close friends that can take turns helping you out? If worse comes to worse you could always hire a live in nanny to help get you back on your feet with the girls.

Just some thoughts...it's a long road but if it means a month of downtime or a lifetime in a wheelchair due to your spine being unable to support you I think it's worth the recovery...

Good Luck Sweetie!

Jennifer





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